Saturday, October 18, 2014

{side by side} graphic shadows

image 1, 2

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

{style} up against a wall

Every year I look for a specific type of black shoe - last year was a pump, the year before was a high boot - and every year I get SO aggravated at how impossible it is to find what's in my head. This year's casual/weekend ankle boot search was no exception, and I even allowed myself to look at higher priced designer options after a few weeks of coming up empty. It's truly mind-boggling that a $600 leather shoe can look and feel like cheap plastic, what's the point?!

I had given up hope, until I found myself walking by Zara during an after work errand run. I figured it was worth a shot since they do quickly 'copy' other luxury designs, and what did you know, I found myself with 5 different styles of black boots to try on. This motorcycle ankle bootie was the first one I tried on, and it was almost identical to what I was scouring endlessly for. Low enough heel for the weekend, and quality leather that I can pull them off at work.

Now, if I could only get away with wearing that hat at the offices...

Worth and Worth Papillon hat [was told it was to be discontinued, similar here]
Anndra Neen 'Two Tone' necklace, c/o
J.Crew crew neck sweater [similar here]
Madewell blouse [similar here]
Levi's 535s
Zara Leather Bootie [similar]
Coach Willis bag
BCBG leather jacket [similar here]
Deborah Lippmann 'Modern Love' polish

Thursday, October 2, 2014

{beauty} before the runway

It sounds crazy, and the atmosphere backstage is literally crazy, but it's still one of my favorite places to be during Fashion Week. While it's an amazing experience to view the final look walking down the runway [billowing fabric, the lights hitting the models just right, and legs after legs after legs], for me, there is nothing quite like seeing things being brought together. There are the moments that you can, depending on the designer, get up close and personal with the pieces that give you a view to certain details and construction that a camera just can't capture. 

With that, seeing the models is a somewhat calming experience [unless they are running late from another show and get herded around like cattle]. Considering they have people pulling at their hair, and probing at their faces, they always seem take it in such stride. And there are a few moments, like the one I shared of Olga, that always leave me a bit mesmerizing. Here are some of those very moments.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

{runway} Eva Fehren Presentation


There are a few ways you can look at presenting a collection during Fashion Week. You can have a "traditional" runway show... you can decide to showcase the clothes in a presentation where models stand there, allowing editors and buyers alike to view each piece a bit more closely... or, you can go the route of Eva Fehren and showcase your collection for what it is... art. 

It's not often that you see a presentation that stands out, especially this September where it seemed like nothing coming down the runway was a new idea [if I see one more sheer dress/skirt silhouette with visible high waisted under garments, which wasn't even new last season,  I WILL scream]. A woman after my own heart [I have actually pitched this idea a few times over the years, wanting to see something like this], she went the route of displaying her jewels as a gallery.

Pieces of jewelry hanging perfectly in marbled frames, accented by a perfectly placed spotlight that created the most beautiful sparkles. Models, spending hours [and I mean hours] getting their hands and faces perfected by masters, so when it was time to walk behind the white sheet and carefully put their hands and heads through the strategically placed slits, they became the art. 

Looking at the images now, there's something about the emphasis on the models' beautiful faces that remind me of the 'hall of heads' in Return to Oz. Without that creepy factor, of course.

photos: Robin West
Eva Fehren Presentation, NYFW

Thursday, September 11, 2014

{beauty} Ola Rudnicka at Jason Wu // NYFW

Every year there is one single image from backstage that I fall madly in love with when going back into my camera, and this year is undeniably the beauty that is Ola Rudnicka. Her perfect [and I mean perfect] fair complexion, blue eyes, that platinum blonde hair, all complimented by that mustard sweater... I feel like it speaks way more than 1,000 words, no?

photo: Robin West for Deborah Lippmann
Spring Studios, Tribeca NYC

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

{runway} Kate Spade SS 2015 // NYFW

Season after season one of my favorite presentations to see is Kate Spade. Not because it's my favorite designed collection, but because it is always a genuinely fun experience. You walk around and look at everyone's faces... the fashion girls looking down as they realize their toes peaking over their stilettos are grazing real sod... the models striking a pose with a huge smile for each passerby that lifts their iphone for that perfect #behindthescenes Instagram photo... the glimpse of Brad smiling as he watches the scene unfold... and every whimsical clutch held by those perfectly manicured Deborah Lipmman hands...

photos: Robin West

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

{side by side} Pinterest curations

Have you ever been scrolling through your Pinterest feed and started to notice that there are a lot of different types of imagery that flows into one another? I had someone mention that part of my feed showed image after image connecting through the colors, details, or even composition, creating an almost ombré affect. I'd like to take full credit of that, but most of the time when that happens it's unintentional and just beautiful moments in time, organically coming together before my eyes.

I usually only do one 'side by side' at a time [sampling here, here and here], but these were all speaking to me and I just couldn't choose...

photos: 1 - Nanette Lepore [no source], 2 - Irving Penn, 3, 4 [no source], 5 The Sartorialist, 6, 7, 8

Don't forget to pin along with me!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

{style} it's all about the Choos

I wasn't always into fashion. In fact, I was considered a bonafide tomboy until about sophomore year until I decided to put on some makeup, get a job in retail + stopped wearing the same outfits week after week. In reality, this time period was all about the return of bell bottom flared jeans, those tattoo choker necklaces + butterfly clips [all from Wet Seal], so you can't really blame me can you?

While this experimental phase usually had me browsing the sale racks for some unique pieces so I didn't look like everyone I passed in the hallway [I had a lot of patience for this then and wish I still had it at times], the one thing I found myself allowing myself to spend money on were quality shoes. Again, the shoes I wore then were 100% questionable + added at least 10 lbs below my ankles, but they always held up.

Since then I have learned the hard way, and been reinforced by some fashionable friends [both male and female] that you get what you pay for. You know those snakeskin sandals I wear in pretty much every post? I got them for about $200 on sale at Barney's Co-op about 2 years ago and I wear them to death. And you know why? Besides the fact that they are gorgeous, they are the most comfortable shoes I own because they were made really, really well. I can walk to the subway, work all day, and go out at night in reasonable comfort.

What's my point, you ask? My new job has now placed me about 500 feet away from Saks Fifth Avenue [DANGER] which I went to a few weeks ago, finding myself in their Designer Sale looking back at a pair of Jimmy Choo pumps that I was lusting over months back [there is actually a Nicholas Kirkwood pair, too, but I digress]. While the original $700 price tag was too much for me in February, I could reasonably justify spending 1/4 of that. I usually consider pieces that are snakeskin and leopard my 'neutrals', so the silver and black details didn't deter me to add these as a similar staple. Oh, how great these will look with some cuffed boyfriend jeans and this same top...

H&M boyfriend shirt
Zara lace skirt [old, similar style]
Jimmy Choo Typhoon pumps [alternate color here, similar style here and here]
Heirloom choker
H&M makeup bag as clutch
Rayban Full Color Aviators